The Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) on Thursday uncovered six YouTube channels for “working in a coordinated manner and spreading false information” concerning the authorities, elections, proceedings within the Supreme Court and Parliament of India, the president and the prime minister.

Last December, the Centre flagged three channels peddling pretend information.

In an official assertion, the Press Information Bureau (PIB)’s Fact Check Unit pointed to 6 channels on YouTube — Nation TV, Samvaad TV, Sarokar Bharat, Nation 24, Swarnim Bharat and Samvaad Samachar — which had been utilizing pretend, clickbait and sensational thumbnails and pictures of tv information anchors to mislead viewers into believing that the information shared by them was genuine.

These YouTube channels are a part of a pretend information economic system that thrives on the monetisation of pretend information, the I&B ministry stated within the official launch.

These channels have 20 lakh subscribers and their movies have been watched over 51 crore occasions, the discharge stated.

The PIB’s Fact Check Unit launched six separate Twitter threads having over 100 fact-checks to counter the pretend information unfold by these channels. This is the second such motion from the Unit beneath the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting the place total channels have been busted.

For an occasion, the PIBFactCheck deal with tweeted about Samvaad TV, “YouTube channel Samvaad TV with over 10 lakh subscribers was found to be propagating #FakeNews about the Government of India and making false claims about the statements of the Union Ministers.” 

The fact-checking staff of the nodal company communicates to the media on behalf of the Government of India. It works to determine pretend information doing rounds on social media and the channels related to them to warn individuals towards believing them.


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